When preparing for designing a new website, even experienced web designers start by looking around for a spark of inspiration. Seeking inspiration doesn’t have to mean stealing someone else’s work. The idea is to whet your appetite for creativity by appreciating other people’s unique vision.
Think about it as doing visual field work. it’s an important phase of the web design process because it not only exposes you to great works, it also gives you an idea of which styles are trending right now and which ones are overused. It can also help you realize what you specifically don’t want to do with your upcoming web design project.
Now that we established the significance of finding inspiration, the obvious question is where to look for it. Fear not! We prepared a list of places you should check out before you begin working on your website. Bring your notepad:
Wix website templates are a great place to start looking for inspiring insights. They are carefully crafted by Wix Studio designers, who put their hearts and souls into making each new template even more beautiful than the previous ones. They are also created with the purpose of offering Wix users advanced UX functionality, so they can be used as examples for making an intuitive and user-friendly site.
The number one social network for aesthetic inspiration, Pinterest is guaranteed to get your creative juices flowing. There are multiple pin boards that focus on web design specifically (we recommend you check out Awwwards‘, GabiLab’s and, of course, Wix’s own pinboard), but you should also have a look at other design-related pin boards to broaden your perspective.
Luckily for all of us, there are experienced and knowledgeable people all over the world who have a real passion for blogging about web design. These bloggers will save you tremendous amounts of googling by rounding up terrific web design samples from various industries and in various styles. The major blogs you want to bookmark are Vandelay Design, Smashing Magazine, Line25, Webdesign Depot, and don’t forget the Wix Blog too.
Printed media is perhaps no longer the dominant arena in graphic design, but it definitely still is one of the most creative ones. There’s a lot to be learned by how magazines develop and express a unique visual language. Their task to combine content, format and visuals into one readable and coherent product often generates innovative usage of graphics that is truly inspirational.
Both web design and package design face a similar challenge – how to create a beautiful and spectacular design that is nevertheless practical and useful for the user/customer. This is successful package design is a wonderful source of inspiration for web designers. The limitations and the purpose may be different, but the need to combine aesthetics and functionality are basically the same. Check out Designspiration for Package Design ideas:
Your search for inspiration doesn’t end indoors. While buildings and websites are not really related, they share a few significant similarities: each has an exterior and an entrance level that need to be attractive and inviting (for sites, it could be the home page or the landing page); each is being navigated through – people moving from one page to another or from one space to another; each needs to present safety as well as elegance. The urban landscape is filled with architectural achievements that can replenish your creativity reserves. But you can also find inspiration on your desk; just click on – Architonic.
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